|Elder Hale's first time seeing the Chilean coast|
This last week we brought an investigator to church named Efrain. Efrain is "más chileno que los porotos," or in other words he's a hard-core, Chilean cowboy. He used to dance the Chilean National Dance, La Cueca, professionally. He's got a baptismal date for the 26th of September. About six months ago I probably would have understood less than 30% of what this guy says because he has the strongest Chilean accent I've ever heard. Elder Romero has just as much of a clue about what he's saying as I do, so together we understand about 80% of what he says.
This Tuesday I got to be a pentionist for a day. We delivered materials to the sectors in the countryside in Melipilla and Talagante. When I served in Calera de Tango we were out there all the time. I also got to see the Chilean coast for the first time on my mission! I've now officially seen all the zones in Santiago Oeste.
This change (a six-week block of time) the mission has been focusing on asking inspired questions and listening to investigators. The other day we passed by a member's home to use his bathroom and his wife came and chatted with us for a bit (which she has never done before, ever). It was a lesson I will always remember. I thought about what we taught, and in the end it was very little compared to the value of the time we spent listening and asking questions.
I attached a picture of my breakfast this morning - seasoned rice with black beans and a glass of water. If I end up training a gringo next change he's going to think I'm a freak.
|Delicious breakfast of seasoned rice, beans, and water. Yum.|
Love you guys,
|We had a fun activity with all the returned missionaries in our ward. |
They all brought in pictures and mementos from their mission and displayed them on tables in the cultural hall.